Delhi reports biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases; total tally crosses 5,500-mark

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Delhi records biggest single-day spike in coronavirus positive cases

Delhi on Wednesday reported as many as 428 new positive cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the city to 5,532. According to the data, this is the biggest single-day spike in the national capital so far. The death toll due to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 65 with a fatality after a gap of three days, according to the Delhi government. As many as 1,542 patients have recovered so far, while there are 3,925 active cases, the Health Department said, adding that 84 patients were in the ICU and 12 on ventilators.

In the last 24 hours, 428 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi, taking the tally to 5,532, it said. This is by far the largest single-day spike in coronavirus infections in Delhi. The previous highest jump was 427 on May 3.

The number of containment zones in Delhi has reduced to 88, the department said.

A total of 71,934 COVID-19 tests have been conducted to date. The number of COVID-19 patients under home isolation stands at 695, it said.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain told reporters that the coronavirus cases were now doubling in 11 days, which was earlier 13 days. “It is so because a lot of pending reports were there whose results have now come out,” he said.

Jain also visited the newly-constructed hospital at Burari with the health secretary and other officers of the department, with an aim to initially start this hospital as a 450-bed COVID-19 care center, the bulletin said.

Out of the total 5,532 cases recorded so far, at least 1,299 are admitted at various hospitals like the LNJP Hospital, RML Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (RGSSH) and AIIMS Jhajjhar, it said.

An order has been issued on the standard operating procedure for shifting asymptomatic or mild symptomatic COVID-19 patients from hospitals to care centres, and shifting of moderately or severely-affected patients from the care centres to hospitals, the bulletin said.

According to the statement, an order has been issued on guidelines for effective tracking and monitoring of people, who are suspected to be infected with COVID-19 and getting themselves tested at various accredited labs across Delhi.

An order has also been issued regarding mobilisation of district teams to ensure timely action and proper follow up of cases under home isolation, it added.

(With PTI inputs)

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